• News for General

    Friday, March 15, 2019
    FMCSA has launched a new website with information about the upcoming implementation of its CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which employers will be required to use beginning January 2020. Resources include fact sheets, FAQs and a place to sign up for email updates. The rule, finalized in late 2016, impacts all CDL holders who operate on public roads. FMCSA says the clearinghouse will be a ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    For more information: (503) 373-0000, option 1 for information about over-dimension loads; (503) 378-6699 for information about registration services      March 11, 2019 HUNTINGTON – The Oregon Department of Transportation Port of Entry at Farewell Bend on Interstate 84 between Baker City and Ontario will be closed for major roadway and ramp repairs for approximately two months starting ...read more
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    Friday, March 01, 2019
    Multiple Highways - Shamrock Run (Portland)https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Restriction%20Letters/031719_Shamrock_Run.pdf I-5 NB & SB Exits 253 & 258 (Salem)https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Restriction%20Letters/031819_I-5_Exits_253_and_258.pdf I-5 SB Exit 301 to I-84 EB (Portland)https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/Restriction%20Letters/040119_I-5_SB_to_I-84_EB.pdf I-84 WB to I-5 NB ...read more
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    Thursday, February 28, 2019
    IR-2019-28  WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service will waive the estimated tax penalty for any qualifying farmer or fisherman who files his or her 2018 federal income tax return and pays any tax due by Monday, April 15, 2019. The deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, for taxpayers residing in Maine or Massachusetts.   The IRS is providing this relief because, due to certain rule changes, ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    Rose Quarter environmental assessment ready for public comment Feb. 15, 2019 For more information, contact Don Hamilton, 503-704-7452, don.hamilton@odot.state.or.us PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Portland invite the public to comment on the environmental assessment findings released Friday for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. This project proposes ...read more
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    Monday, February 25, 2019
    For more information: (503) 373-0000, option 1 for information about over-dimension loads; (503) 378-6699 for information about registration services   The inspections on I-84 will occur whenever chains are required for trucks Feb. 24,2019 HOOD RIVER – New rules enforcing chain-up requirements are in place in the Columbia River Gorge to make sure trucks follow proper safety guidelines during ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    The American Transportation Research Institute has just released a study that reaffirms that, thanks to the increase in e-commerce, the trucking industry is feeling the pressure to adjust its operations and adapt to smaller delivery windows and shorter hauls. On a positive note, the rise of online shopping and e-commerce may help the driver shortage problem as local pickup and delivery operations ...read more
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    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    As announced late last week, FMCSA said that carriers do not have to comply with California laws requiring employers to provide workers with regular meal breaks and paid rest breaks, rebuking a 2014 federal court ruling. FMCSA will grant a petition filed in September by ATA, which asked that the agency exempt carriers from the California-specific break laws, arguing that they interfere with ...read more
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    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    Since a Presidential Proclamation in 2010, January has been designated Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, with Friday, January 11 being National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services or commercial sex, affecting all populations, ...read more
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    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    A federal judge in California is challenging a ruling issued by the California Supreme Court in April that established new criteria for how carriers should discern employee drivers vs. independent contractors. Judge James Otero, a U.S. District Judge in California’s Central District, said in his Nov. 15 opinion that federal law, when it comes to truck transportation, pre-empts the state’s strict ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    A final rule from FMCSA that allows medical examiners, in consultation with a truck driver’s treating clinician, to decide if an insulin-treated diabetic driver is qualified to get behind the wheel became effective in November. The rule eliminates the need for a driver to wait two or three months while an exemption request is processed, after being automatically disqualified for having the ...read more
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